Conquista - The Cycling Quarterly Issue 2 - Page 194

The United States of America, the land of opportunity, countless millions have headed to those shores in search of the American dream, on a quest to rival Dick Whittington’s search for London’s streets paved with gold. Shanaze Reade is just such a person, having already searched for gold in London, she is now heading Stateside to continue her search as she prepares for Rio 2016. Leaving behind her support network and the British Cycling programme, Reade’s move is a bold one, but is one that people have been talking about and encouraging for some time. This however isn’t the first time that a British rider has looked towards the star spangled banner to improve their racing, with two of Britain’s most successful BMXer’s Dale Holmes and Jamie Staff having relocated in the mid 90’s. So what is it about the 50 state nation that is so appealing and beneficial to BMXers? Although the country as a whole draws in it’s sporting immigrants, it is the 1970’s birthplace of BMX, California, that is the main draw. Ignoring the year round sunshine and the fact that every time you are layering up to train in the rain or snow, there are probably blue skies over the Golden State, it is also home to one of the best facilities in the world, in the form of Chula Vista. This international training venue and home to Team USA, is a regular stop off point for international BMXers and teams, who come to the States to compete in the world’s most competitive race scene. Shanaze’s relocation will ensure that she is riding and competing against her top international rivals, giving her valuable experiences that so far have eluded her